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San Francisco Chinatown

Grant Avenue & Bush, San Francisco, California 94108 USA

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Wed 12a-11:59p
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San Francisco is home to the oldest Chinatown in North America, which happens to be the largest Chinese enclave outside Asia. Start with the main tourist drag on Grant Avenue and then browse the markets on Stockton before heading to Waverly Place to admire the colorful architecture. There are lots of temples, tea shops, dim sum joints, boutiques, bakeries, bars, and historic sites, so there's something here for everyone, especially if you're willing to try new things. And, since every good meal ends with a fortune cookie, make sure to make your last stop the Golden Gate Fortune Cookie Factory.

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“The largest Chinatown outside of Asia”

Chinatown, in San Francisco, California, is the oldest Chinatown in North America and the largest Chinese community outside Asia. Since its establishment in 1848, it has been highly important and influential in the history and culture of ethnic Chinese immigrants in North America. Chinatown is an enclave that continues to retain its own customs, languages, places of worship, social clubs, and identity. There are two hospitals, numerous parks and squares, a post office, and other infrastructure. Visitors can easily become immersed in a microcosmic Asian world, filled with herbal shops, temples, pagoda roofs and dragon parades. In addition to being a starting point and home for thousands of Chinese immigrants, it is also a major tourist attraction, drawing more visitors annually than the Golden Gate Bridge. About the roast duck.... Okay, I'm biased, but San Francisco Chinatown has the BEST roast duck...EVER! From Cheung Hing (Outer Sunset) to Win's Restaurant (Parkside). It's just to die for. Best eaten with hands. :)

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Reviewed by
James Fisher

  • Road Warrior
  • 534 Reviews
  • 471 Helpful
June 19, 2014
Rated 5.0

I love Chinatown. So many great little hole in the wall places to eat, or tiny restaurants buried down long corridors behind shops selling all sort of trinkets and paraphernalia. It is definitely the biggest Chinatown I have ever visited in the US or Europe. A must stop!

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May 20, 2015
Rated 5.0

Most famous Chinatown in America. You can spend a full day just wandering through the endless restaurants and antique shops. One of the most iconic places in San Francisco. Packed with tourists and locals. Parking is a lot easier on the weekend.

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Chelsea Koglmeier

  • Foodie
  • 242 Reviews
  • 215 Helpful
October 01, 2014
Rated 3.0

Chinatown is awesome and this is one of the best in the states, but I recommend LA above San Fran's. If you haven't tried sesame balls with red bean paste, pop into your local Chinatown bakery and grab you some.

1 person found this review helpful

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September 30, 2014
Rated 5.0

Such a cool part of the city to visit and so unique. I'd avoid the shops unless you just want to look at curiosities as they're pretty pricey and definitely aimed at tourists, but there are loads of awesome little restaurants and food markets.

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Chris Spinney Long

  • Tour Guide
  • 172 Reviews
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July 07, 2014
Rated 4.0

A vibrant section of San Francisco that's practically inviting you to find out what cheap fireworks and awesome tea lie behind it's gates. Nothing beats just wandering around Chinatown window shopping and eating street food. You're bound to meet some characters at some of these shops. When I went I met a scary man who demanded I try his tea and was so happy when I did he gave me a bunch for free.

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  • 49 Reviews
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May 03, 2017
Rated 4.0

Chinatown was pretty much how I imagined it would be. That's not to say it wasn't cool though. We were able to see some cool things and find some really yummy and affordable food. A bit touristy, and crowded but what can you really expect?

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Amber McMahon

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August 20, 2015
Rated 4.0

This is a very interesting area to just enjoy and explore. The food is amazing and since it is authentic I didn't know what half of it was, but it was fun trying some new things! They have so many shops to check out and though I'm not much for souvenirs it is still worth browsing around. This was well worth checking out!

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August 26, 2013

Awesome! Highly recommended!

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  • 12 Helpful
May 29, 2014

must do! !

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San Francisco Chinatown

Grant Avenue & Bush
San Francisco, California
94108 USA


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